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Assessment at Trevelyan

High expectations and the belief that all children can achieve and succeed is our ethos at Trevelyan.

The DfE announced last year that there would no longer be National Curriculum levels, and that schools would have to set up their own way of assessing pupils.

All of our teachers have worked extremely hard researching various different methods of assessing pupils. We wanted to ensure that we told the story of the amazing progress our children make from their individual starting points, and as a result we have designed our own assessment system. This was to take the end of year expectations for each year group and to split this into 5 categories as follows:

Under the old levels system, children who were secure might have moved into the next level. The DfE now want children who are in the ‘secure’ bracket to add more depth and breadth to their knowledge, and to have more opportunities to develop their using and applying skills. They are calling this phase of learning ‘Mastery and Depth’.

Most pupils will begin their learning journey at ‘developing’, with the aim that pupils meet ‘secure’ (or more) by the end of the year. However this is based on their starting points; some will be lower or higher depending on previous attainment. Exceptional children will move into the ‘enriching’ band that will enable progress towards the end of year expectations from the year above.

After investigating many different Assessment & Tracking systems, we decided to develop our own model for tracking attainment and progress in accordance with the new national curriculum and based on DFE guidelines.

We have developed a system which is able to track all children from their individual starting points.

The achievement the pupil acquires at the end of the year will determine the pupil target for the following year. This shows our measure of expected progress. Of course, pupils can exceed this measure.

Expected Progress Matrix

END of previous year

Baseline

Start of new year

Nov

Feb

Apr

Jun

TARGET

M

S

S

S+

S+

M

M

S

D

D

D+

D+

S

S

D

B

B

B+

B+

D

S

B

B-

B-

B

B+

D

D